Bolt loses Olympic gold medal as teammate fails doping re-test

The Fastest Man Alive has a big blemish on his Olympic gold medal resume, thanks to a teammate’s doping violation.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who has won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meter relay events the last three Summer Olympics, will be stripped of his gold medal in the 4×100 event of the 2008 Beijing games after the International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that Bolt’s teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned substance.

“The Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event. The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned,” the IOC said in a press release.

The IOC said the decision “enters into force immediately.”

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In a re-analysis of his 2008 sample, Nesta Carter (l.) tested positive for a banned substance.

In a re-analysis of his 2008 sample, Nesta Carter (l.) tested positive for a banned substance.


It is the latest doping imbroglio within Olympic competition following a tumultuous year when Russia’s state-run doping program was exposed.

Last month, an independent investigator commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Richard McLaren, released a damning report that claimed more than 1,000 Russian Olympic athletes were part of an “institutional conspiracy” that also included Russia’s anti-doping agency and an accredited anti-doping lab in Moscow, in carrying out a systematic doping program. The IOC said then that it would examine test samples from Russian athletes who competed in both the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

Carter can appeal the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, the IOC panel already anticipated one challenge in its written verdict.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) has confirmed that the presence or use of substances falling within the scope of generic definitions of the prohibited list, can be used as a basis of establishing anti-doping rules violations,” the verdict said.

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